Actor Don Hany was raised on a steady diet of Beethoven and Brahms, as well as Jackson and Cohen. Now learning the violin, he’s revisiting the classics while preparing for his turn as the dashing Nick Arnstein.
What was your gateway into music? I picked up a flute that was sitting around my house when I was in early high school. Basically, I enjoyed the marching band and I taught myself to read and play from the band method book. While I was in high school, I made the decision to major in music. And what kind of classical music were you listening to then? Zero. I grew up on pop music. The only things that I knew in classical music were the pieces I was learning on the flute. How did composition become an all-consuming passion? As a child, I’d always been interested in things that were creative. It’d always been visual art, but there was something about the power of music I thought was entrancing. Looking back on it, I’m kind of amazed that I’ve had the career I’ve had considering how little I knew. The thing is, I have four degrees, so I was always hungry. Always hungry to learn and curious and willing to try playing different kinds of music. Which composers inspired you at first? Because I grew up around pop and rock music, the Beatles were a huge influence, a major